True Religion And Truth
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
John 17:17 (NKJV)
How many religions are there in this world ? I would say as many people there are in this world who have their own brand of beliefs. But what is true religion?
I have sat with Christians who are sincere, but believe that there is no devil. There are others who say that Jesus is the archangel Michael. I do not judge them, but what they believe is not true. Hindus have a deity whose head is of an elephant and the rest of the body is human. They consider him to be the most important god among other gods. And the world has many major religions competing with each other.
An Indian poet wrote: there is no religion higher than the truth. Gandhi applied that principle in his life, having also read the Bible. Today India is more corrupt than before he achieved independence for India as a great leader, but no-one is following his ideals today. The cast system which he tried to abolish still exists.
To me speaking the truth is part of the Truth. We have to believe the whole Bible, which is the Word of God, for He inspired all the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, and 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says they are profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). He promised if we abide in Him, we will know the truth and it shall make you free (John 8:32). And in John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
Many Christians pay lip service to walking in the truth. I have to confess that I really struggle daily to live by every word of God. True Christians are those who are crucified with Jesus Christ who lives in them and they in Him, as we read in Galatians 2:20. You have not to go far to find the true religion. It is called ‘the Way’ in the Bible. Disciples followed this Way, spoken of in Acts 9:1.
The true religion is a Way of life. Jesus Christ is the Way—we are to walk as He walked and follow the steps He has left for us (1 John 2:6 and 1 Peter 2:21). That is true religion. The time is coming when the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of the truth of the Lord at the return of Jesus Christ.
Abba, Father, I thank You for truth through Jesus, the Word who became Flesh, who is The Way. Come quickly Lord Jesus, I pray in your name, to fill the earth with Your truth.
Study by Natu Moti
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